Barnabas Uplift fosters partnerships between faith-based and secular organizations and groups. The name Barnabas honors a member of the second set of Apostles, Joseph, nicknamed "Barnabas," which means "son of encouragement." Barnabas encouraged many to speak about their faith. It was Barnabas who was a sponsor for Paul after Paul’s conversion and encouraged the disciple’s to receive him. And it was Barnabas who encouraged Paul to go to Antioch and together they taught the church. “Uplift” honors the work and commitment of secular organizations and groups as each works diligently alongside low-income Iowans providing opportunities that would lift them up. Together, Barnabas Uplift encourages individuals, families, and communities to become self-sufficient and to alleviate poverty in Iowa.